Junior dos Santos
|Junior dos Santos|
|Born||Junior dos Santos
January 30, 1984 
|Other names||Cigano, JDS|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
|Style||Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Salvador, Bahia, Brazil|
|Trainer||Luiz Dorea, Yuri Carlton|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Yuri Carlton|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Junior "Cigano" dos Santos (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒũnjoʁ dus ˈsɐ̃tus]), (born January 30, 1984) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is ranked as the #2 Heavyweight fighter in the world by Sherdog. Dos Santos is the only fighter who holds a victory over current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez, and the only fighter to knock out Mark Hunt in the UFC.
- 1 Background
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Born into a poor family, dos Santos was raised by a single mother. In order to help his family, he started to work at the age of 10. Dos Santos was 19 years old when he first met his future wife, Vilsana Picolli, in a restaurant where he worked as a waiter. His first serious contact with martial arts only happened when he was 21 years old, when Cigano started to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Yuri Carlton. After only six months of training, he won a few Jiu Jitsu tournaments in Salvador. Dos Santos was soon invited to join an MMA practice, where he met his boxing coach Luiz Carlos Dórea, and roughly a year after he started training jiu jitsu, he made his debut professional fight.
Dos Santos became professional in 2006 at the age of 21. He fought in small promotions in Brazil, such as Demo Fight, Extreme Fighting Championship, Minotauro Fights and Mo Team League. He won six of his first seven bouts, suffering his only loss to Joaquim Ferreira, a fighter he'd previously beaten.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2008–present)
Dos Santos debuted for the UFC on October 25, 2008 at UFC 90. Considered a major underdog, he knocked out top contender Fabricio Werdum at a minute and twenty-one seconds of the first round with a strong uppercut, earning himself a "Knockout of the Night" award.
On September 19, 2009, Dos Santos continued his winning streak and defeated Mirko Filipović at UFC 103. During the third round Filipović was dominated in the clinch with knee strikes and punches. A knee from the clinch and a right uppercut apparently caused damage to Mirko's left eye causing him to verbally submit.
Dos Santos was supposed to fight Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 108. However, Gonzaga pulled out of the bout on November 25, 2009, due to a staph infection. Instead on January 2, 2010, dos Santos fought Gilbert Yvel, winning the fight via TKO at two minutes and seven seconds of the first round.
Heavyweight title contender (2010–2011)
Dos Santos faced Roy Nelson on August 7, 2010, at UFC 117. The fight saw Dos Santos use a variety of strikes and, for the first time, a successful takedown. Despite dos Santos' striking ability, Nelson was able to stay in the fight, resulting in the fight going to decision. Dos Santos won via unanimous decision (30–26, 30–27, 30–27). Following the win Dos Santos was expected to challenge Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title. However a torn rotator cuff suffered by Velasquez sidelined the champion for nearly a year.
On January 11, 2011, it was revealed that Dos Santos would be one of the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter Season 13, opposite to Brock Lesnar. They were scheduled to face each other on June 11, 2011, at UFC 131, but Lesnar pulled out of the bout due to a recurrence of diverticulitis and was replaced by Shane Carwin. Dos Santos dominated Carwin and defeated him via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26), relying predominantly on his boxing skills, but showed more variety in his game by landing a couple of kicks and completing two takedowns in the third round.
UFC Heavyweight Champion (2011–2012)
Dos Santos faced Cain Velasquez at UFC on Fox 1 for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on November 12, 2011. He defeated Velasquez in 64 seconds of the first round via KO to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship title He dropped Velasquez with an overhand right and finished him off with a series of punches. The performance also earned him his third "Knockout of the Night" award. After the fight, it was revealed that he had a torn meniscus in his knee; he subsequently underwent a successful knee surgery.
Dos Santos was scheduled to face Alistair Overeem on May 26, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at UFC 146. On April 4, 2012, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced Overeem had failed a pre-fight drug test. with the end result that Overeem's request for a license was denied. On April 20, 2012, Dana White the UFC president announced Frank Mir would be replacing Overeem. dos Santos was able to keep the fight standing, showing his superior boxing skills, resulting in a KO in the second round.
A rematch against Cain Velasquez was expected on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. However, it was later announced by Dana White that the fight would take place in Las Vegas on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. dos Santos fell short to Velasquez after five rounds of a one-sided match and lost his title via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-43, 50-44). This marked the first time dos Santos had suffered a loss in the UFC. Dos Santos later claimed that he was training so hard prior to the bout with Velasquez that he developed rhabdomyolysis, a (sometimes fatal) breakdown of muscle fibers that releases their contents into the bloodstream and that the condition affected his performance during the fight.
Back into contention (2013-present)
Dos Santos was expected to face Alistair Overeem on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. However, in early March, Overeem pulled out of the bout citing an injury. The bout was expected to be rescheduled for a future event, However on March 9, UFC President Dana White confirmed that dos Santos' next opponent will be Mark Hunt at the same event. In the UFC 159 post-fight conference, Dana White indicated that if dos Santos defeats Hunt, he is going to be the #1 contender for the heavyweight championship. Junior won the fight via third round knockout in a bout that earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.
A third fight with Cain Velasquez took place on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166. Junior was dominated by Velasquez for most of the fight before attempting a standing Ninja choke on Cain, only to have his head spiked into the mat when Cain escaped the choke, ending the fight at 3:09 of the fifth round.
Dos Santos states that Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira is his hero. In addition to his native Portuguese, Dos Santos speaks English, and Spanish. He received his nickname "Cigano" by showing up to practice with long hair placed in a ponytail, Cigano meaning Gypsy in Portuguese, The name is an allusion to a character from an old Brazilian soap opera, addressing the culture of the gypsies in Brazil. He is a Roman Catholic. He has also stated that as a child he hated fighting. In January 2013, he announced that he had divorced his wife of ten years before competing at UFC 155.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- FIGHT! Magazine
- Upset of the Year (2008) vs. Fabricio Werdum on October 25
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||17 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||16–3||Cain Velasquez||TKO (punches)||UFC 166||October 19, 2013||5||3:09||Houston, Texas,, United States||For the UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||16–2||Mark Hunt||KO (spinning heel kick)||UFC 160||May 25, 2013||3||4:18||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||15–2||Cain Velasquez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 155||December 29, 2012||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||15–1||Frank Mir||TKO (punches)||UFC 146||May 26, 2012||2||3:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||14–1||Cain Velasquez||KO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos||November 12, 2011||1||1:04||Anaheim, California, United States||Won the UFC Heavyweight Championship; Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||13–1||Shane Carwin||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 131||June 11, 2011||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||UFC Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||12–1||Roy Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 117||August 7, 2010||3||5:00||Oakland, California, United States|
|Win||11–1||Gabriel Gonzaga||KO (punches)||UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones||March 21, 2010||1||3:53||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||10–1||Gilbert Yvel||TKO (punches)||UFC 108||January 2, 2010||1||2:07||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–1||Mirko Filipović||Submission (Punch)||UFC 103||September 19, 2009||3||2:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||8–1||Stefan Struve||TKO (punches)||UFC 95||February 21, 2009||1||0:54||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||7–1||Fabricio Werdum||KO (punches)||UFC 90||October 25, 2008||1||1:20||Rosemont, Illinois, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||6–1||Geronimo dos Santos||KO (punch)||Demo Fight 3||May 24, 2008||1||0:44||Salvador, Brazil|
|Loss||5–1||Joaquim Ferreira||Submission (armbar)||MTL: Final||November 10, 2007||1||1:11||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Jair Gonçalves||TKO (punches)||Mo Team League 2||September 29, 2007||1||2:52||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Joaquim Ferreira||TKO (retirement)||XFC: Brazil||April 29, 2007||1||5:20||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Edson Ramos||TKO (doctor stoppage)||XFC: Brazil||April 29, 2007||1||8:45||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Eduardo Maiorino||Submission (guillotine choke)||Minotauro Fights 5||December 9, 2006||1||0:50||São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Jailson Silva Santos||KO (soccer kick)||Demo Fight 1||July 16, 2006||1||2:58||Salvador, Brazil|
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- "UFC 103 Play-by-Play & Results". Sherdog.com. 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
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- "Roy Nelson vs. Junior Dos Santos in the works for UFC 117 main card". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
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- Marrocco, Steven (2010-12-29). "Trainer: UFC champ Velasquez out minimum 6-8 months with torn rotator cuff". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
- Stupp, Dann (2011-01-11). "Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos named "The Ultimate Fighter 13" coaches". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
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- Michael David Smith (2011-05-12). "Brock Lesnar Out of UFC 131". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
- Knapp, Brian (2011-06-11). "JDS outguns Carwin, clinches title shot". ESPN.Go.com. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
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- Morgan, John; Marrocco, Steven (2011-11-13). "New UFC champ Junior Dos Santos fought with torn meniscus at UFC on FOX". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- Whitman, Mike (2011-12-07). "UFC Champ Dos Santos Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- Iole, Kevin (2012-03-31). "Nice guy Dos Santos gears up for Overeem". UK.EuroSport.Yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
- Marrocco, Steven (2012-04-04). "Alistair Overeem fails pre-fight drug test, likely out of UFC 146 title fight". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- Chiappetta, Mike (2012-04-24). "Alistair Overeem License Request Denied; Can Re-Apply in December". Retrieved 2012-04-24.
- Critchfield, Tristen (2012-04-20). "UFC President Says Frank Mir Will Face Junior dos Santos for Heavyweight Title at UFC 146". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez II targeted for UFC 152 headliner". mmajunkie.com. June 9, 2012.
- Okamoto, Brett. "Junior Dos Santos to fight Velasquez". ESPN.com. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- Holland, Jesse (2013-05-23). "UFC 160: How overtraining nearly killed Junior dos Santos". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
- Matt Erickson (2013-02-12). "Velasquez-Silva 2, Dos Santos Overeem booked for UFC 160 in May". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
- Helwani, Ariel (2013-03-06). "Alistair Overeem injured, out of UFC 160 fight against Junior dos Santos". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- Staff (2013-03-07). "After UFC 160 scratch, Alistair Overeem vs. JDS now likely in summer". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
- Ariel Helwani (2013-03-09). "Mark Hunt vs. Junior dos Santos on for UFC 160". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved 2012-03-09.
- Dann Stupp and Matt Erickson (2013-06-13). "Champ Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos III likely at UFC 166 in Houston". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
- Dann Stupp (2013-10-20). "Champ Cain Velasquez stomps JDS in rubber match". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- "Junior Dos Santos – Official UFC® Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 2012-03-10..
- Figula, Mark. "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Junior Dos Santos". TheMouthOfMMA.com. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
- Kestelman, Amanda; Pessanha, Klima (2011-09-11). "'Cigano original' engrossa a torcida por Junior dos Santos no UFC" ['Original Gypsy' the fans increasing for Junior dos Santos in the UFC] (in Portuguese). SporTV.Globo.com. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
- "ESPN UK Junior Dos Santos Profile". ESPN.co.UK. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
- "Recém-separado, Junior Cigano revela: 'Estou doido para ver a família'" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- Official website
- Junior dos Santos on Twitter
- Professional MMA record for Junior dos Santos from Sherdog
- Junior dos Santos on UFC.com
|16th UFC Heavyweight Champion
November 12, 2011 – December 29, 2012